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Christmas dinner for homeless announced

Friday November 20 2015

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A PROPER Christmas dinner will be served to scores of homeless people in Barnsley - but help is needed to add a festive touch.

Barnsley Churches Drop-in Project, on John Street, will be serving a roast dinner on Christmas Day for  about 40 people.

While volunteers have already flocked to help serve up the lunch, things like small gifts and Christmas crackers would be appreciated.

Chairman Kate Raynor said: “Such simple things can have a huge impact on a person who has very little. Christmas is a time for family, for spending time with those we love. When this is not possible, Christmas can be a really difficult time of year."

Caroline at bcdp@live.co.uk or call 321877.

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Reply Posted by Lynne on Monday November 23 2015 at 17:29
Hi, can I ask what sort of gifts you are looking for? Thank you.

Reply Posted by kath on Monday November 23 2015 at 18:11
i i dont have much but i might beable to sort a xmas present out maybe 2

Reply Posted by Louise on Monday November 23 2015 at 19:01
Yeh it would really help to know what type of gifts please

Reply Posted by David Wood on Monday November 23 2015 at 19:20
Way to go Kate. If Woody's Fish and Chips can help in anyway, you know we shall. One thing we do have plenty of is POTATOES for the Roasties!

Reply Posted by Joanne Reynolds on Monday November 23 2015 at 20:45
Would gift boxes of a hat, gloves and toiletries be ok? Or is there something more specific you have in mind?

Reply Posted by Linda sewell on Monday November 23 2015 at 22:23
Be happy to help...what sort of gifts please

Reply Posted by Sarah on Monday November 23 2015 at 22:32
If you could email what you are short of, food or gifts or crackers, we will happily make a donation

Reply Posted by Trish on Monday November 23 2015 at 22:34
What sort ov gifts are you looking for love, as I would love to make 2/3 hampers up ov hat,scarf,gloves, woolly socks if that's any good x

Reply Posted by Victoria Agnew on Tuesday November 24 2015 at 06:41
i would like to know what gifts too, my girl guides would love to get involved.. They are already donating rucksacks full of winter warmers to be given out to the homeless for the rucksack project

Reply Posted by carol lindley on Tuesday November 24 2015 at 14:56
What gifts would be best and where and when can I drop off

Reply Posted by Robdought on Wednesday November 25 2015 at 12:24
I'm puzzled all these kind people waiting to offer there generosity and many like my self waiting for a response and not a response from the organisers on WAB.

Reply Posted by Nicky WAB on Wednesday November 25 2015 at 14:18
The story does say that BCDP should be contacted directly on the email or phone number provided in the piece. It is staffed entirely by volunteers who may not have seen these messages (hence why we included their contact details in the story)

Reply Posted by Kate (BCDP) on Wednesday November 25 2015 at 14:51
Hi All, apologies I hadn't seen the story outside of social media and therefore missed all these comments! And as Nicky says, we're all volunteers and I'm not actually due in again until Friday.
Thank you so much for all your offers of help.
Toiletries, especially shower gels, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant (roll-on preferably) would be great. Warm items such as gloves, socks, hats. And then other bits and pieces like flasks or torches for those who are on the streets. Food items can also be distributed so if you want to donate a box of chocolates or something like that, we can either give these to individuals or have a tin of roses etc out for people to share.
If you want to get in touch with us directly you can use the email above or we're called 'BCDP Drop-in' on facebook.
Thanks again for your offers of help. We hope to see some of you soon :)

Reply Posted by richard macinnes on Monday December 21 2015 at 20:17
hi,i am a chef with 20+ years experience,my 2 young boys want to help some other little ones have a great day....they want to hand over there bicycles, that they have grown out of, to some boys less fortunate...i would also love to help,as a chef i am always really busy over xmas but this year i have been lucky enough to escape the stress of restaurant work over the xmas and new year....the boys and myself would like to help in anyway we can on xmas day,must be in walking distance of town centre.....can arrive at 9 am,maybe earlier.....boys will definately spread the xmas cheer n i can wash pots if needs be..have sent my details to a few places ,so 1st reply gets help.thanks and have a great xmas

Reply Posted by Lee on Monday November 14 2016 at 21:16
There is a number at the bottom of the article

Reply Posted by Janet Wright on Wednesday December 14 2016 at 18:52
Are you still short of anything? I belong to a couple of community groups who can offer small gifts. Do you want them wrapped or unwrapped? If unwrapped, should we send gift wrapping too?